900 IDS Center
80 South 8TH Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
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Leland J. Frankman

  • Managing Partner
Rated By | Super Lawyers | Leland J. Frankman | 20 Years


Minneapolis, MN





Leland J. Frankman began his career in eminent domain/condemnation law in 1966 as a Minnesota assistant attorney general, representing the Minnesota Highway Department, now known as MNDOT. He appeared before many condemnation commissions, district court juries, and the Minnesota Supreme Court. Since 1970 he has represented landowners throughout Minnesota in eminent domain cases when their property has been damaged, destroyed or taken. He was joined by his son, Harry Andrew Frankman, a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, in practice. Harry is also admitted to practice in Florida. The Frankmans have also practiced in the area of real estate tax reductions in the Minnesota Tax Court. Recently, Leland J. Frankman has been selected as a mediator in disputes involving MNDOT and various landowners. Leland J. Frankman has authored a number of articles in the area of eminent domain and has taught other attorneys and appraisers in the area of eminent domain for over 40 years by chairing and participating in numerous eminent domain continuing legal education courses for these professionals.

Leland J. Frankman has obtained awards in cases against Minnesota condemning authorities in excess of $5 million dollars, and has litigated and settled numerous cases that resulted in recoveries for clients in the millions of dollars. In addition to the litigation against government condemning authorities, his firm currently is involved in the disputes with the CapX2020 power line cases.

Areas of Practice

  • Eminent Domain/Condemnation 90%
  • Real Estate Tax Protests 10%

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1966
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1969
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1969


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 1966
    • Honors: With Honors
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • B.A. - 1963
    • Honors: Dean's List

Published Works

  • Eminent Domain - Proposals for Major Change, Hennepin County Lawyer, December, 1976
  • Eminent Domain in Minnesota, Minnesota Real Estate Law Journal, July/Aug., 1982
  • Eminent Domain: The Legislature and Supreme Court Make Some Changes, Minnesota Real Estate Law Journal, Jan/Feb., 1985
  • Eminent Domain, The Woodbridge Case: Is It The End or the Beginning, Minnesota Real Estate Law Journal, May/June, 1993
  • Attorney's Fees and other reimbursable costs, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Reimbursement of Clients Fees, 2007
  • Temp.const.easments,const. related interference, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Valuation Issues, 2005
  • Eminent Domain & the Minnesota Legislature Hennepin Lawyer, Nov./Dec., 2004

Representative Cases

  • Gibson v. Commissioner of Highways, 178 N.W.2d 727 (1970), 1970, Minnesota Supreme Court, 1970125554
  • City of Prior Lake v. Ballard, 375 N.W.2d 585 (Minn. App. 1985), 1985, Minnesota Court of Appeals, 1985152691
  • HRA of Fridley v. Suh, 553 N.W. 2d 115 (Minn. App. 1996), 1996, Minnesota Court of Appeals
  • MCDA v. Opus Northwest, LLC, 582 N.W. 2d 596 (Minn. App. 1998), 1998, Minnesota Court of Appeals
  • County of Dakota v. Cameron, 839 N.W.2d 700 (Minn. 2013), 2013, Minnesota Supreme Court

Representative Clients

  • Opus Northwest, LLC
  • Waseca Lakeside Golf Course, Waseca, Minnesota
  • Many homeowners, farms, churches, businesses, etc.
  • Morrie's Automotive, Inc. (Morrie Wagener)
  • Lowell Zitzloff, LNR Properties
  • Robert Williams, Bobby and Steve's Auto World


  • Maurice Wagener, Morries Imports
  • Jacob Trimble, U.S. Bank
  • Lowell Zitzloff, LNR Properties
  • Robert Williams, Bobby and Steve's Auto World
  • Opus Northwest, LLC (General Counsel)


  • Chairman, Seminar on Eminent Domain, MILE, 1979 to 1996
  • Chairman, Eminent Domain Seminar , Hamline University
  • Chairman-Legal Update on Eminent Domain , National Business Institute, 2006
  • Chairman- Minnesota Takes Aim at Eminent Domain, Minnesota CLE, 2007
  • Chairman, Seminar on Eminent Domain, Hennepin County Bar Association, 2012 to Present

Honors and Awards

  • Citation, Hamline University Law School, Teaching Eminent Domain
  • Certificate of Appreciation, University of Minnesota, Teaching Real Estate
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Teaching Eminent Domain
  • Named by peers as a Super Lawyer in area of Eminent Domain , see Mpls./St Paul Magazine, 1999 – 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Hennepin County Eminent Domain Committee, President, 1996
  • Minnesota State Bar Association & Hennepin County Bar Association, Member, 1966 to Present
  • Minnesota Eminent Domain Institute, President and/or Board Member, 2008 to Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Minnesota Attorney General, Special Assistant Attorney General, 1966 to 1970
  • Louis J. Moriarty Law Office, Associate Attorney, 1970 to 1977

Pro Bono Activities

  • Past Chairman of Eminent Domain Section, Hennepin County Bar Association, 1997 to 1998
  • Chairman attorneys' committee/District Judges revising Jury Instruction Guide (JIGS), 2000 to 2000


  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Delta Theta Phi
Rated By | Super Lawyers | Leland J. Frankman | 20 Years